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Two Photographs (Daguerreotype and Collodion Positive on Glass) of a Native American Woman and Man, c.1855

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Inventory Number: 91018
Object Type:
Accession Number: 1961-137/34
Brief Description: The case contains two photographs.
Left: daguerreotype of a woman of Central American appearance, seated half length, facing front, wearing western style costume including a dark cape (or sheet) and a hat. Plain backdrop. Tinted in pink and blue and flesh tone. Pinchbeck frame and plain matt with shaped aperture.
Right: collodion positive on glass (ambrotype) of a man, seated three-quarter length, facing front, wearing Native American or American Indian costume including skirt, sash decorated with ?beads, and headband with feathers; he carries a knife in his right hand, and his shirt has holes in it. Plain light background. Tinted in pink and blue, rather poorly. Pinchbeck frame and decorated oval mat.
The case is a heavily relief moulded American union case (a thermoplastically moulded material patented in 1854), the relief decoration a scene of deer within a decorative surround, both front and back. Two brass hinges, and single integral pressure clasp (not working).
Provenance: Bequeathed by Henry Minn in 1961. The list of Minn's bequest suggests a connection with Miss Acland, many of whose photographic things came to Minn.
Collection Group: Minn Collection
Material(s): Copper
Glass
Plastic
Brass

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